Teens overtake ICT teachers at school

According to a Microsoft study, many teenagers are immersed in technology at home – but are not able to translate this into learning technology skills at school. Such a skills gap is a « major concern » for employers, says Mr Beswick, Microsoft’s director of education. He points out that pupils will have to be able to leave school with adequate skills in information technology which will be required by the jobs market.
The survey claims that 71% of teenagers think that they learn more about information technology outside of school than in formal ICT lessons. This is especially, because most of the teenagers are used to social networking platforms. Those platforms require skills that would be useful to employers, he says, as the users are skilled in collaborating and interacting in a creative way.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-12192047

Lack of educational software and support staff to foster ICT in Education

The new report “Key Data on Learning and Innovation through ICT at School” published by the European Commission examines the evolution of ICT infrastructure in schools in terms of networks, hardware and software.

The document looks at how ICT is being used in educational processes and incorporated into curricula before focusing on its role in enabling the development of innovative teaching methods. It also examines the promotion of transversal as well as job-related key competences, and the role of ICT in this process.

One of the key findings of the report shows that there is not a great disparity between schools in availability of ICT equipment but that there is still a lack of educational software and support staff. Teachers usually acquire ICT-related skills during their initial training, but further professional development is less common but needed.

Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture,Multilingualism and Youth indicates that “The solution to an effective use of ICT in education, however, is not technology itself. Most European countries have made significant investments over the last years with a view to ensuring universal access to ICT, with considerable success. The focus of today’s policy in the field should now move to advancing our understanding of how the new technologies are and can best be used in schools to support learning, and what are the barriers in the way of success.

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